Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fruit and Vegetables Decomposing, Time-lapse

This is probably my most extensive time-lapse project yet. I Placed the fruit and vegetables in a large tub in the storage area under my house and took a picture every ten minutes. The playback at 30 frames per second took too long and was not as exciting, so I used a quarter of the pictures, making it 1 picture every 40 minutes. This video spans 74 days. The growth at the end of the video is from the potato. Also, the hundreds or thousands of little specks you see buzzing around are fruit flies. I used my Canon PowerShot S3 IS and GBTimelapse software on a laptop. I used Sony Acid Music Studio to make the accompanying music.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess garlic would last for years.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On second look they must be onions.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Henry said...

Yeah, I put the onions there for the light color and was hoping they would start growing, but no luck. Incidentally during the same time this was going, we did have a large onion start growing in our pantry. It was about 8 inches tall before we noticed it.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I am very interested in using some screen shots of your fruit time lapse video in a publication for New Zealand students. I am just wondering if you mind, and what the copyrighting on this video is.

Please contact me at with further information.


12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curosity, that last tomato to decompose, was it a hothouse tomato?

6:23 PM  
Anonymous stephane said...

I am about to do a similar time lapse experiment. That video really helps me to get an idea about duration and intervals.
Very nice video by the way. The unexpected plant growing is just terrific. Was it from the potatoes ?
Is it possible to download it in QT with bigger res somewhere ?
Thank you very much and please continue to post your experiments!

ps: excuse my english, i am french.

6:28 AM  
Blogger LQDLC said...


I am setting up a performance in France which would be made of several short films, mostly made by amateurs directors from the 30's to the 70's, and accompanied live by an ensemble of 9 musicians and 2 actors. The global theme would be illusion, in which the time aspect plays its part, interrogating what is reality. I would be very much interested to use you film, which is so striking about time, life and death. Could we get in touch to consider this possibility ?


7:48 AM  
Anonymous Oana said...

I want to know the condition of the environement in wich was take the experiment.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I know you did this quite some time ago, but I am currently doing an experiment and would like to ask you a few questions. Please reach out to me at my email, at your earliest convenience.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


I'm a 22 years old French student in biology. My classmates and me will present a stand on "waste sorting/repurposing and compost" during a Science Festival in Lyon. Because I loved your video on fruit and vegetable decomposition I would like to incorporate it in our working group. It will be show to children between 6 and 10 years old in order to explain the decomposition mechanism.

Do you allow us to use this video only during that event ? (obviously with keeping the name of your channel on it).

Many thanks,


2:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello: I am an artist who makes small no-budget, non-commercial experimental films. I am interested in using this clip, or a portion of it, remixed with other material, in one of my films. You would be given full credit. The film is tentatively called Mortal. Many thanks for your consideration, Lisa

5:26 AM  
Blogger ss said...

Hello: I am an educationist, right now preparing digital tool for government school children in India. I am interested in using this clip, or a portion of it, remixed with other material, in one of my resource. You would be given full credit.

6:48 AM  

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